2017 | Year In Review

It's here again.  Another new year!  And so, as the tradition goes, we are sharing our 2017 year in review.

This year was one of the wildest at TMID--fast and furious, for sure!  It was a year full of (what felt like) never-ending design and installations.  We had a ton of great clients and produced some fabulous designs with a little bit of fun, team-building activities thrown in...oh! and a giant hurricane!  

At the beginning of the year, we had Stephen Allen take new head shots and team photos of everyone.  New year, new look, right?  Except these never got put on the website because we were too busy to finalize anything!

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We spent many hours designing and installing models for Park Square Homes.  In the days leading up to the presentations, we would pretty much lock ourselves in the conference room to work through the designs as a team.

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In the late Spring, we were featured in a 6-page spread for Interior Appeal!  Photos were, of course, by Stephen Allen.

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Everybody needs mental breaks, so when the Atlas 5 rocket launch happened, we all went to see it!  Side note: we also checked out the solar eclipse together!

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In the Fall, Hurricane Irma hit.  For awhile, we weren't worried...then, we were terrified...then, it wasn't as bad as they said it would be but it was still pretty bad.  And we're all still dealing with allergy issues because of it!

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From September on, we were pretty much in crazy install land.  We did get a quick break to do a fabulous workshop at Board & Brush in November and created these awesome, customized signs!  But after that, we hit the ground running until Christmas.

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The pictures below are snippets from installs completed throughout 2017--a mix of model homes and residences.  We are so excited about how beautiful these spaces turned out and look forward to more beautiful spaces in 2018! 

Cheers!

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Color Trends | 2018 Forecast

Can you believe that 2017 is almost over?!  This year has flown by, without a doubt, and it's crazy to think that in just a few short weeks, we'll be on to 2018.  2017 has brought a lot of changes but we are looking forward to an even better 2018.  All that to say, what are the changes coming in 2018?  This article by Jennifer Ott outlines the colors that are expected to be big for Interiors in 2018 so we figured we'd pass the info along to help prep you for the upcoming year.

Even though whites will always be a classic look, colors for 2018 are going a little more moody.  We saw a little bit of this in 2017 but the trend is expected to continue to see growth in 2018.  Purples, blues, blacks, and charcoal are all expected to gain ground in the interior scene and beige is back!  Not the old beige that we saw so much of 10 years ago, but a little more grey beige that updates the look.

According to Pantone, people shouldn't be scared of color in 2018!  Here are some examples of rooms in moodier, warmer tones that  might make you excited about what next year has to offer!

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The Minimalist Look | How to Accomplish It

For many, clutter is stressful.  It's stuff to dust, re-arrange, store, display, move, get rid of, etc.  It's just more work.  Because of that. the minimalist movement has really made headway and people are looking to simplify and downsize.  The time of have lots of stuff is no more.  But how do you accomplish the minimalist look?  It seems simple because it's streamlined but it's actually a little more involved than clearing off your shelves.

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Aside from de-cluttering, the color palette you use in your home affects a minimalist look.  Going with muted, subtle colors is one of the first major steps to accomplishing a minimalist look.  White is a go-to color choice but it's not the only one that works with the minimalist style.  Beige, grey, even creamy tones will all blend with this style.  While pops of color are coming back and becoming more and more popular after years of white on white on white, those pops aren't something you'll want to incorporate in a minimalist home.

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When selecting wall decor and art, always go with less pieces in a larger size.  Clutter on counters and shelves is the same thing as clutter on the walls which is what a lot of small pieces can look like (unless it's put into a well-designed gallery wall).

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Window treatments are nice and we definitely think that are a big part of making a room look finished, however, these can also get heavy looking.  If your windows have shutters or are trimmed out nicely, you may be able to get away without putting drapes up which is the most minimalist look.  If you definitely need window treatments, just keep them simple and streamlined so as not to add any cluttering to the space.

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Finally, focus on your architectural details.  If you can highlight molding and trim or any beams or fireplaces in your home, make this the focal point instead of artwork and furniture and it will help steer your home in the minimalist direction.  Overall, the minimalist look and style will help declutter your life and head which will help eliminate stress!

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How To | Dining Table Chandelier Selecting

We love lighting.  Like LOVE lighting.  It's a huge part of how we design.  Lighting and art are big things to us and really, they're both types of art....so I guess, technically, art is a big thing to us. :)  No, but seriously.  We see decorative light fixtures as art.  It's a sculptural decorative element that just happens to be functional to.  But, because of this, we know that selecting the right light for the space isn't always easy.  Lights can absolutely make or break a space.  So today we're going to break down the dining room and how to make the right lighting selection for that room.  Because, even though the dining room is not used the most frequently, it is often one of the rooms closest to the front of the house and is meant to be a showpiece space, so the light for that area matters!  Here are some things to consider when picking your dining light...

One of the first things we take into consideration when we're picking the dining room chandelier is the shape of the table.  It is SO important for the shape of the table and the shape of the light to coordinate.  They don't always have to have the same orientation, but they shouldn't fight each other.  Usually, if your dining table is rectangular, it's best to have some sort of elongated light to follow the length of the table.  This could be a linear light or some sort of oval/elongated fixture that is spread out.  For round tables, go with a rounded or tiered fixture or even a multi-level cluster of pendants. And for oval, you have the option of either, or really. Be sure to select a shape that compliments your table.

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If you're set on a smaller fixture or using a round light over a rectangular table, consider hanging two instead of one.  This will help balance the space out visually and offer enough lighting for guests at both ends of the table.

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Consider the visual weight balance of the light versus the table.  If you have a glass table, don't pick something overly heavy that looks to bulky of the airy-looking glass.  And if you have something wooden and early that has more substance, try to mix it up a little by incorporating a different finish to break-up the wood.

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Make sure the light fixture has enough bulbs to give off the amount of light you need.  There are lots of great larger or oversized pendants that would be the good size (diameter-wise) for a dining table, but they only have one light bulb in them.  Unless you have lots of can lights over your dining table too, at least 4-6 bulbs is probably necessary for guests to have enough lighting at a meal.

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For ambiance sake, always put your dining light on a dimmer.  You want to be able to set the tone of a meal with your light fixture.  Sometimes this requires as much lighting as possible, while other times, you don't need quite so much.  A dimmer lets you control the lighting in your dining room which ultimately makes the space more versatile.

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Ultimately, be sure the light you pick is something you love and flows with the rest of your home.  It should be a representation of your style while also creating a balance and flow in the space.

TMID | Recent Happenings

It's been busy for us lately.  Lots of installs and of course, the typical hustle and bustle of the holidays.  We haven't been in the office much but we've been accomplishing a lot.  That's for certain!

A couple of weeks ago we had a huge 20 bedroom, 2 house install in Kissimmee for Park Square Homes.  These two vacation homes took hours and hours of time to complete but we are pretty proud of the way they turned out.  Since they were vacation homes, we kept with the sunny Florida theme and did a water theme and a citrus theme.  Both were a little modern with some coastal touches but still in-keeping with TMID style of neutral base with pops of color.  There are lots of pictures that still need to be taken but here is a snippet of the finished product!

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After lots of long hours and late nights, we needed something to rejuvenate our creative juices so we took a team-building day and got messy at Board & Brush.  It's a wood and paint studio where you pick from one of their designs and re-create a customized wood sign.  They provide all of the tools and materials (even wine and beer!) and you just have to let your creative juices flow!  They'll help where you need help or let you take over  where you want to.  If you haven't been there, we highly recommend it!  It's great for a small or large group and you leave with a great showpiece you can display proudly in your home.  Here are some photos of our time and the finished product!

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We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We've all sure got a lot to be thankful for!